AWFJ Women On Film – Releasing January 20 and 22, 2010

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AWFJ highlights films made by and about women:

Wednesday, January 20

  • House of Numbers – Rocky Mountain Pictures, 90 mins., limited (Portland)

Friday, January 22

  • Creation – Newmarker Films, 108 mins., (limited) – After the death of their daughter, Charles Darwin and his wife, Emma, are forced to face the differences between his scientific views and her religious beliefs. Jennifer Connelly and Paul Bettany star.
  • Drool – Strand Releasing, 82 mins., limited LA – Written and directed by Nancy Kissam, this comedy centers around an abused wife’s plan to escape her husband/ When accidentally kills him, she takes off on cross-country drive with her best friend and his corpse in tow.
  • Extraordinary Measures – CBS Films, 105 mins. – Based on Geeta Anand’s book, “The Cure: How a Father Raised $100 Million – And Bucked the Medical Establishment in a Quest to Save His Children,”, this inspiring truth-based drama is about a couple who raise money to find a cure for their kids’ rare genetic disorder.
  • The Girl on the Train – Strand Releasing, 105 mins., limited NY, with LA release scheduled for February 19) – Odile Barski co-wrote the script for this French drama about a young woman who claims she was the target of an anti-Semetic attack and the subsequent media sensation it creates.
  • Legion – Sony Pictures Classics, 100 mins.
  • The Paranoids – Oscilloscope, 105 mins., limiterd NY
  • Soundtrack for a Revolution – Freedom Song Productions, 82 mins., limited NY
  • To Save a Life – Samuel Goldwyn, limited
  • Tooth Fairy – 20th century Fox, 101 mins.
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Jennifer Merin

Jennifer Merin is the Film Critic for Womens eNews and contributes the CINEMA CITIZEN blog for and is managing editor for Women on Film, the online magazine of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists, of which she is President. She has served as a regular critic and film-related interviewer for The New York Press and She has written about entertainment for USA Today, The L.A. Times, US Magazine, Ms. Magazine, Endless Vacation Magazine, Daily News, New York Post, SoHo News and other publications. After receiving her MFA from Tisch School of the Arts (Grad Acting), Jennifer performed at the O'Neill Theater Center's Playwrights Conference, Long Wharf Theater, American Place Theatre and LaMamma, where she worked with renown Japanese director, Shuji Terayama. She subsequently joined Terayama's theater company in Tokyo, where she also acted in films. Her journalism career began when she was asked to write about Terayama for The Drama Review. She became a regular contributor to the Christian Science Monitor after writing an article about Marketta Kimbrell's Theater For The Forgotten, with which she was performing at the time. She was an O'Neill Theater Center National Critics' Institute Fellow, and then became the institute's Coordinator. While teaching at the Universities of Wisconsin and Rhode Island, she wrote "A Directory of Festivals of Theater, Dance and Folklore Around the World," published by the International Theater Institute. Denmark's Odin Teatret's director, Eugenio Barba, wrote his manifesto in the form of a letter to "Dear Jennifer Merin," which has been published around the world, in languages as diverse as Farsi and Romanian. Jennifer's culturally-oriented travel column began in the LA Times in 1984, then moved to The Associated Press, LA Times Syndicate, Tribune Media, Creators Syndicate and (currently) Arcamax Publishing. She's been news writer/editor for ABC Radio Networks, on-air reporter for NBC, CBS Radio and, currently, for Westwood One's America In the Morning. She is a member of the Critics Choice Association in the Film, Documentary and TV branches and a voting member of the Black Reel Awards. For her AWFJ archive, type "Jennifer Merin" in the Search Box (upper right corner of screen).